Theater Reviews

Theater Review: ‘Mojo’ starring Rupert Grint

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1950s Britain. The rock ‘n’ roll craze has begun trickling its way over the pond, infecting a generation teens, bored of their lives in a country still reeling from the Second World War. In London’s most infamous district, teddy boys and thugs found enterprises off the back of home-grown rock ‘n’ roll talent, desperate to get their slice of the piece. One such business is Mojo, an illegal but popular America inspired club run by ... Read More »

Theater Review: ‘Spamlot’ starring Warwick Davis

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Based on the iconic 1970s comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a bizarre and satirical reimaging of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Spoofing everything from Andrew Lloyd-Webber to its own inspiration, the musical rattles through the story of the hunt for the Holy Grail at breakneck spread, with barely a moments rest for either the audience or cast alike. The current show is revision of the original Broadway ... Read More »

Theater Review: ‘Houdini’ starring Evanna Lynch

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Houdini the play follows the lives of Harry and Theo Houdini as they attempt to make a name for themselves in the world of magic and illusion. Starting shortly before Harry meets his wife, Bess, the audience is taken on a whistle stop tour of Harry’s rise to the top whilst Theo is left to struggle on in his shadow. Written by Stuart Brennan, who plays Theo in the show, the story seems to focus ... Read More »

Theater Review: ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ starring Daniel Radcliffe

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Dark comedy, so celebrated amongst British audiences, is no easy achievement. The on-the-nose content can often be too hard hitting for the comedy to fly but this is of no concern for director Michael Grandage as the latest production in his star-studded West End season proves an enormous success. The Cripple of Inishmaan, starring Daniel Radcliffe, is an outrageous comedy set in 1934 and based on the small Aran island of Inishmaan, off the coast of Western ... Read More »

Theater Review: ‘The Moment of Truth’ starring Bonnie Wright

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The revival of little known plays by highly regarded playwrights is always an interesting affair. On the one hand, it is great to blow away the cobwebs and bring back to life old texts whilst on the other, is the wonder as to whether there was a reason the play never took off in the first place. For Peter Ustinov’s The Moment of Truth, last produced professionally in 1951, the latter doubt isn’t an issue. Exploring warfare ... Read More »

Theater Review: ‘The Hothouse’ starring Harry Melling

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Arriving second in Jamie Lloyd‘s highly anticipated Trafalgar Transformed season at the Trafalgar Studios, The Hothouse doesn’t relax the intensity set by its predecessor, the apocalyptic Macbeth starring James McAvoy. Shocking and at times, offensive,The Hothouse depicts the sinister workings inside an undefined mental institution. Yet despite the outrageously immoral practices and some utterly unforgiving characters, this revival of one of Pinter’s early plays is unrelenting in its comic intentions. In shedding the pauses and other habits of Pinter plays, Lloyd’s production breathes new life ... Read More »

Theater Review: ‘Smack Family Robinson’ starring Harry Melling

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One thing that can certainly be said for Smack Family Robinson is that it is not for the faint hearted! Set entirely within the family’s lounge, the play centres upon the Robinsons, a drug dealing, money laundering family full of community spirit. F-bombs and mild threats fly easily from the mouths of the parents who are spread luxuriously across white leather sofas, beer and wine in hand, casually informing their children of the adult channels’ password. Gavin, ... Read More »

Theater Review: ‘Seminar’ starring Alan Rickman

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“Class. Is. Over,” he said with sharp pauses between words, in the deep, tight-jawed, monotone voice that could only belong to Alan Rickman; a spot-on impression by co-star Jerry O’Connell as he walks out from backstage after receiving a standing ovation for Seminar‘s preview performance. “I could understudy for him,” O’Connell jests. “I’d put a couple gray streaks in my hair, it’d be so much fun.” Seminar stars veteran stage actor Alan Rickman as Leonard, an international ... Read More »

Theater Review: ‘The Boy Who Was Woody Allen’ starring James Phelps

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Anyone looking to broaden their awareness of the work and mind of film director and actor Woody Allen has a more than modest selection of documentaries and biographies to choose from. Film makers, critics and academics are regular seeking to impress upon us their knowledge of this notoriously private man and on this point, The Boy Who Was Woody Allen, is no different. However this production offers an original and alternative story of the iconic filmmaker, ... Read More »

Theater Review: ‘Our Boys’ starring Matthew Lewis

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The buzz surrounding current West End production, Our Boys is hardly surprising. Of the six cast members, one is a Potter film alumnus (Matthew Lewis), another, an ex-Doctor Who companion (Arthur Darvill) and a third, the lead in a prime-time ITV drama as well as the husband of an ex-Doctor Who companion (Laurence Fox). Whilst this is surely an appealing factor for a vast number of the audience members, myself included, it certainly doesn’t distract away from the performances ... Read More »